Hospitals increasing are adopting radio frequency identification technology and related real-time location systems to improve patient flow, track assets and improve transfusion safety.

The "RFID and RTLS in Healthcare Symposium" on Feb. 20 at HIMSS11 in Orlando will feature presentations from early adopter hospitals, Food and Drug Administration officials, researchers and vendors in a day-long primer on the technology.

Sessions will focus on various RFID technologies; using RFID and bar codes for transfusion management; analyzing unintended consequences such as interference, corruption, network slow-downs and security lapses; integrating RFID into strategic plans; adopting global standards; and future applications such as biologic tracking.

Provider presenters will include representatives from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Memorial University Medical Center. More information is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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